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Review by Dana Villamagna, Common Sense Education | Updated July 2012

My Spelling Test

Empowering app engages students in spelling self-assessment

Subjects & skills
  • English Language Arts

  • Character & SEL
  • Critical Thinking
  • College & Career Prep
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Pros: Simple design puts kids' focus on the spelling.

Cons: If a kid doesn't accurately type in each word, even if they spell it correctly during a test, the app will record it as incorrect.

Bottom Line: Quality spelling app needs some oversight, could be improved with the ability to track multiple students' results.

My Spelling Test is an app that allows kids to create do-it-yourself spelling tests. Instructions are provided, although the process of creating the tests doesn't need much explanation. Kids type in each spelling word and record their voice saying the word; they'll then hear the test questions in their own familiar voice. After all spelling words have been inputted and recorded, My Spelling Test provides a word-by-word test. Kids are immediately told if the letters they type don't match the word they entered when making the list. Watch out: If kids don't enter the word correctly initially, they could be testing against an incorrect spelling, causing frustration and confusion. As a result, some teacher oversight of test setup is required. Note: At the time of this review, My Spelling Test does not include the ability to create individual student accounts for multiple user tracking, but the developer indicates that feature is coming soon.

The app is well-organized and intuitive, and kids will like the simple but charming design. One downside: If a kid doesn't accurately type in each word, even if he or she spells it correctly during a test, the app will record it as incorrect. During tests, the app gives users immediate feedback, which may help in spelling success. Lists are saved, test progress recorded, and results can be emailed. Encouraging words of praise appear on the screen with test results.

Overall Rating

Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?

The app engages kids by empowering them to become their own spelling tutor -- they can create and administer their own tests and view instant results.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer?

During tests, the app gives users immediate feedback, which may be helpful in spelling success. This do-it-yourself spelling study tool promotes self-reliance and academic growth.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students?

Clear, brief instructions are provided for each step of the test-creation process and test-taking. A progress tracker provides testing feedback and motivation.

Common Sense Reviewer
Dana Villamagna Classroom teacher

Teacher Reviews

Featured review by
Mieke V. , Researcher
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, United States
Create and take personalized spelling tests
My Spelling Test is a simple, straightforward app that allows users to create and then take their own spelling tests. Users create tests by typing in words and then recording their own voice pronouncing the words. To take the test, the app plays the recordings back one-by-one in a randomized order and the student must type each word after it is read. To hear the word again, simply click on a “say word again” button. The app gives instant feedback, telling the test-taker if the word was spelled correctly ...
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